Tuesday's Rambling Thoughts - February 3, 2008

I've watched a lot of football games in my life. I've watched high school, college and pro football games too numerous to count. I've seen many great games over the years. But, that Super Bowl game this past Sunday has to rate as the best football game I've ever seen. Mind you, I don't care for pro football normally. I will watch some NFL playoff games and then the Super Bowl. For the most part, the Super Bowl has been known as the "Super Bore" since the games are usually mismatches. But, the game Sunday with Arizona and Pittsburgh was outstanding! Seriously, how many people game the Arizona Cardinals a chance against the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers? Few, if any thought they would come within 10 points of the Steelers. But, if not for a miraculous catch by a Steeler's receiver with about 30 seconds left, one of the great upsets if football history would have occurred. I thoroughly enjoyed the game.

Now, we hear a second Cabinet nominee, in the Obama Administration, has not paid his taxes. Wow...who would have thought that? Former Senator Tom Daschle, in line to become the next secretary of health and human services, has not paid $120,000 in taxes. This follows the revelation that Timothy F. Geithner Treasurer Secretary nomination was more heavily scrutinized due to Mr. Geithner not paying taxes. I believe it was President Obama who referred to this as just a "hiccup." Now, press secretary Robert Gibbs refers to this latest "oversight" with "nobody's perfect." Well, that is very true, Mr. Gibbs. But, I can't help but wonder if Geithner and Daschle would be all fired up to pay their taxes if it had not been revealed during the nomination process. Most likely, they would have not.

I'm not sure how they are going to be able to do it. But, India is set to sell the $10.00 laptop to enable the poor to also have access to the internet, I suppose. This process has been three years in the making. In the USA, we have the American One Laptop per Child project which supposedly will sell for $100.00. I certainly don't see how they are going to be able to do this either. In fact, I know they won't be able to do it in this country. I think it is good idea to help the poor become computer literate. But, I would imagine most of the poor would prefer a good paying job and a home they can call their own.

Finally, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday which means there are six more weeks to go in this already long and bitterly cold winter. The mood was much more jubilant due to the number of Pittsburgh Steeler fans in the area. This always reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray. I have watched it over, and over, and over, and over...


Wow, defiantly interesting about the taxes and India's $10 laptop.
And for the super bowl, I myself did not even watch it this year.

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